The Care and Feeding of a Healthy Mind
It's February and many of us anticipate Valentine's Day, while some of us dread it, and the balance of us treat it as any other day. Valentine's Day is supposed to be a day to express our love to someone. This year, let's think of Valentine's Day as a time to give ourselves love starting with giving ourselves a healthy mind.
Last month we talked about having a healthy body and part of that is what you choose to feed your body. Well, you can choose what you "feed" your mind as well. The ideas, thoughts and experiences in your life feed your mind. So what should we "feed" our mind to stay healthy?
Our mind is being fed by the media, a lot of which is about negative and/or painful experiences out in the world. All is not as it seems and many experiences happen over which we have no control, but there's no point wasting energy worrying or being stressed about those things; however, you can control how you choose to respond to them. Be aware of exactly what you are thinking, and then choose to feed your mind a healthier positive choice.
Our mind is also fed by the influence of the people around us on a regular basis. We pick up behaviors, mannerisms, opinions, beliefs and tons of other information that our brain unconsciously mind. Relationships with friends and family should be based on love because love is positive energy.
Just like your body, caring for your mind involves healthy eating and physical exercise. Physical exercise makes the brain secrete certain chemicals which help keep neurons healthy. It clears out the cobwebs and increases creativity which helps to give our mind some of the mental exercise it needs. You can also try learning a new word every day; doing math in your head instead of calculator; or memorize phone numbers instead of relying on your phone.
Mindful meditating is another way to care for your mind. It is meditation that requires you to focus on the present moment. We've all heard about the profound effects that meditation has on our mind. Being still a few minutes can certainly feel challenging in our busy lives, but when practiced, you will find it pretty effortless. Practicing mindful meditation puts focus on simply being and not doing anything else in the moment. Make time every evening to relax, clear and reset your mined before going to sleep.
A healthy mind needs love. Remind yourself of your worth by thinking and/or saying all the things that you like or admire about yourself. Acknowledge the attributes you love about yourself. This not only give you a huge boost in self-esteems, but helps relieve stress.
Your mind is your most valuable tool for staying happy, healthy and living an active, rewarding life, no matter your age. Keep it fully functioning with the proper care and feeding.